Comms Vision Convention speakers announced: MIT's Andy Lippman to Chair comms industry's leading event

Comms Dealer has made its first announcement of keynote speakers at this year's Comms Vision Convention, to be held at Gleneagles Hotel, 8th-10th November.

The conference Chair is confirmed as Andrew Lippman (pictured), Associate Director and co-founder of the globally renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and one of the world's foremost researchers on the evolution of digital technology. He is also a Senior Research Scientist and co-Director for Digital Life.

Also keynoting is Adrian Tucker, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector/Retail, who spearheaded an 18 month technology transformation for the Department for Education. He will show how the project changed the culture of mobility and ways of working across the department; and discuss the challenges of realising opportunities through new technologies and how the hurdles were overcome.

Adrian will also explain why digital is more about exposing value chains than making business processes faster; and why it's important for technology suppliers to develop a collaborative partnership with customers as a prerequisite to easing the transition to digital.

David Dunbar, Director at Workmodes Consulting, led the development of BT's flexible working strategy, and as Head of Digital Workplace & Transformation at Nationwide he was responsible for driving the digital transformation for 20,000 people. In his Comms Vision keynote, David will illustrate why a strong digital workplace strategy is crucial in transforming organisations towards more agile, more flexible workplaces through technology, the physical space and culture.

Euan Davis, Associate Vice President, Cognizant Technology Solutions, also leads the Centre for the Future of Work in Europe. In his keynote address Euan will explore workplace digitalisation, how technology providers can help to deliver the future of work, and show why all enterprises must rethink their operations in terms of technology, process and skills to create value and survive.

Conference Platinum sponsor 8x8 will introduce Mark Rhodes, author and international leadership speaker, whose keynote will emphasise why the future success of digitalisation in the workplace is as much about effective leadership development as it is technological innovation.

He will explain what transformational leadership means in the more complex digital workplace, and why business and cultural change is imperative and achievable without having a negative impact on customer service.

Mark will also outline new management skills and offer guidance on creating an organisational culture which together will unlock leadership success at a time of unprecedented workplace transformation.

More Comms Vision keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

A key theme at this year's conference is 'Workplace and customer experience - Redefined for the digital age'. "We will explore the trends shaping and redefining the workplace and examine the role of the partner channel and service provider community in bringing workplace and customer experiences fully into the digital age," stated Stuart Gilroy, Content Lead.

"As organisations implement digital transformation strategies they are rapidly concluding that the experience is paramount - both at a customer interaction level or internally as they strive to improve productivity and effectiveness.

"At the heart of this shift is the channel, which is ideally placed to empower customers with a new way of working and communicating. Comms Vision 2017 will help the channel take the lead in redefining the workplace for the digital age."

About Comms Vision
Comms Vision is the leading annual leadership forum for CEO, MD and CTO delegates making up the major league of the UK partner community. Places are limited and by invitation: If you would like to join us this year, please register your interest to attend at